Palna - the Most Vulnerable People

This is an interview about a wonderful organization in India -  Delhi Council for Child Welfare (DCCW) or Palna, as it's called by friends.

I was lucky to record the interview when Radhika Minocha, an Honorary Executive Committee Member of the DCCW, was traveling through Washington DC. Some years ago Radhika was a member of the World Bank Family Network and that's how we originally met. Watch till the end and you'll learn what helped Radhika to change her career. 

I hope the stories in the interview will touch your heart and you consider to contribute to the organization by sharing the interview with your friends, donating some funds or, may be, even volunteering. 

For over six decades, DCCW has been aspiring to live up to its mission to “give children a childhood”. DCCW provides programs in the areas of health, nutrition, education and rehabilitation of physically and mentally challenged children. DCCW (PALNA) runs a Educational Sponsorship Program to support children from financially weaker sections of society, to help them complete their schooling.
See for yourself! 

Thank you for watching!  Each year DCCW supports about 1000 underprivileged children. We invite you to sponsor a child in need. Donations to Delhi Council for Child Welfare are exempt from Tax under Section 35 AC of I.T. Act 1961

Children without families are the most vulnerable people in the world.
- Brooke Randolph

Here are all the necessary links for you:
Donate through CAF America, click HERE
Website :
Email: DCCW
Phone : 011-23968907
To check DCCW Facebook page, click HERE 

Now, we would like to hear from you. What was especially touching for you in this interview? What non-profit, organization or community has touched your heart  this year? May be you've worked or volunteered an organization that expanded your understanding of the world. Please, share your story with us.

Warm regards,

Is Volunteering a Good Solution?

As expats, sometimes we don't know how to start in a new country. We might not even be allowed to work.

Well, you don't need a work permit for volunteering. And, in most cases, a NGO will be happy to have you as a volunteer. Here’s our experience with volunteering.

How is it in your country? Is volunteering something that people do? What’s your personal experience with volunteering?

Please, share your stories with us in the comments below.

Here’s how Cecilia describes why she chose to volunteer for an NGO that worked with artisans while living in Argentina.

Well, she had many reasons:

1. I needed flexibility to travel back home often for family reasons. A formal job would have made that very difficult: FLEXIBILITY

2. It filled that gap in my Resume: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

3. I love handcrafts: EXPLORE MY INTERESTS

4. I've always had the dream of opening a Latin American handcrafts shop. I wanted to learn how it worked: LEARN A NEW SKILL


6. I didn't know anybody in Buenos Aires apart from my husband's work colleagues and I wanted to have my own tribe: MEET PEOPLE

7. It gave me something to look forward in the mornings: REDUCE STRESS

So, here’s our tip. Find something that interests you, anything! Tell us in the comments what it is and then set out to find an organization that works in that field. By sharing it with us, you can get help from our community.

Click here to get some ideas for volunteer opportunities HERE

Let’s grow our community together! We will appreciate if you share this post with your friends.

Live fully wherever you are!



Oxana Holtmann

Oxana Holtmann is a Conscious Living coach and an advisor to globally mobile professionals and their life partners. She is the founder of Oxana Holtmann International, a coaching platform that promotes true homecoming through mindfulness, body intelligence, wonder and co-creativity at work and in relationships. Oxana loves writing, discovering and disseminating practical wisdom, and noticing everyday beauty. Oxana grew up in Siberia and now lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Action Plan for Turbulent Times

It's the first day since the elections that I don't feel a knot in my stomach. I kept processing my feelings, acknowledging my grief so may be my body and mind decided to give me a break.

I was especially thinking of globally mobile professionals, people like me. Who legally live and work in this country but not its citizens. Who are on a work visa and couldn't vote.

I've been living in DC for thirteen years. My children grew up here. From my Lucky walks I know every curve and tree in the neighborhood. I reinvented my career here. And I half-jokingly say that i learned to walk in Siberia and learned to breathe in California. As I actually discovered that most of my life I have been breathing the wrong way. In a word, I invested my energy, creativity and love into where I live now. So I care.

And I know that other people like me, non-citizens professionals, care too. I talked to them these days and heard their fear, sadness and anger.

We couldn't vote. But what can we do? How can we express our concern though officially we don't "belong" here. The feeling of belonging starts with taking responsibility. How can we/I be response - able.

That's what I already did and i am open to your suggestions and sharing.

I voted symbolically by sharing my choice with my friends, including here on FB. I also liked John Oliver's invitation to actively support organizations that I resonate with and that are under threat now. So I signed in for a monthly donation for Planned Parenthood. I invited my Russian friends to get together for a soul warming event though I knew that not all of us share the same views.

What else can we do? How to turn, as one of my friends said, fear into loving action?

What comes to mind is to actively create conscious multi-national communities, to invite dialogue. I believe that because of our mobile life style we can become real Ambassadors of conscious, mindful living. Also, as many of us lived under autocracy or dictatorship we can share our stories and warm people against complacency and acceptance of something that doesn't support their value. It's easier to do it in the beginning.

These are my thoughts. I want the voices of the US global community and from all around the world to be heard.